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August 22, 2017

Air Travel: Delta Adds Africa Flights; Iberia Expands Premium Economy


New flights and new cabin updates lead this week’s air travel news in the meetings and events industry.

Delta Increases Service to Africa

Delta has announced that, starting on March 24, 2018, its air service to Africa will receive a boost thanks to an all-new nonstop service from New York-JFK to Lagos, Nigeria. Flights on this route will operate three times a week. Alongside Delta’s existing four-times-weekly service from Atlanta, Delta now offers daily service to Lagos, the capital of Nigeria and its largest city.

Travelers onboard the New York-JFK and Lagos service will be on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which has 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the main cabin. Complimentary, chef-curated and locally sourced food and beverages will be provided in all cabins. Guests in the Delta One cabin also have access to Westin In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling LSTN headphones and TUMI amenity kits.

Iberia Adds Premium Economy to Boston Flights

In product news, Iberia has announced plans to add its new Premium Economy class on flights between Madrid and Boston this month. The new cabin is already available on flights between Madrid and Chicago, New York, Miami, Mexico City and Bogota.

Iberia launched its Premium Economy class in May, and the market response has been very positive, according to the airline.

Iberia has so far equipped six aircraft with the new seating class, which will soon be available in a total of 37 of its Airbus A330-300s, A340-600s and A350-900s.

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